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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes grow in every region throughout Italy—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean.

Italian Wine Regions

Naturally, most Italian wine regions enjoy a Mediterranean climate and a notable coastline, if not coastline on all borders, as is the case with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The Alps in the northern regions of Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy and Alto Adige create favorable conditions for cool-climate grape varieties. The Apennine Mountains, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south, affect climate, grape variety and harvest periods throughout. Considering the variable terrain and conditions, it is still safe to say that most high quality viticulture in Italy takes place on picturesque hillsides.

Italian Grape Varieties

Italy boasts more indigenous grape varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most Italian wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but are declining in popularity, especially as younger growers take interest in reviving local varieties. Most important are Sangiovese, reaching its greatest potential in Tuscany, as well as Nebbiolo, the prized grape of Piedmont, producing single varietal, age-worthy Piedmontese wines. Other important varieties include Corvina, Montepulciano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course the white wines, Trebbiano, Verdicchio and Garganega. The list goes on.

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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (6 Liter Bottle - signs of past seepage) 2010 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (6 Liter Bottle - signs of past seepage) 2010
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996  Front Label
    Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (chipped wax - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (chipped wax - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5L Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5L Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Passopisciaro Passopisciaro (1.5L Magnum) 2006  Front Label
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  • Bucci Villa Bucci Riserva Verdicchio (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
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    Verdicchio from Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000  Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998  Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998  Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli (3 Liter - Chipped Wax Cap) 2007 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli (3 Liter - Chipped Wax Cap) 2007
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter Bottle) 2011  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Other Red Blends from Campania, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter) 2007 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter) 2007
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Aglianico from Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico (3 Liter Bottle - chipped wax capsule) 2001
    Aglianico from Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Luce Luce della Vite (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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